General Brice Oligui Nguema, who assumed the role of interim president following President Ali Bongo’s overthrow in August, has decided not to accept a salary for his presidential duties. Instead, he will receive a wage for his position as the commander of the Republican Guard.
The junta’s spokesperson announced this decision on Wednesday, emphasizing that General Oligui Nguema made this choice in consideration of the urgent social needs and high expectations of the Gabonese people. The spokesperson, Colonel Ulrich Manfoumbi, expressed growing awareness within the junta of the country’s deteriorating situation, especially in public finances.
The removal of former President Bongo, who held power for 14 years, was marked by allegations of corruption and financial scandals. The junta claims that Gabon’s finances suffered greatly under his leadership, describing it as a result of “real criminal activity.”
In addition to refusing his presidential salary, General Oligui Nguema has taken steps to reduce public expenditure. This includes cutting allowances for lawmakers, eliminating political funds, and reducing session allowances. These measures have contributed to restoring confidence in the country’s leadership among the Gabonese population.